Columbus has progressed from its cowtown beginnings to becoming one of the nation’s fastest-growing cities. The streets are lined with glittering skyscrapers, attractive historic areas, sleek contemporary galleries, and offbeat boutiques.

There’s more to this metropolis than meets the eye, as new industrial structures are being built regularly. If you want to develop one in Columbus, Ohio, the list below includes industrial building builders with the appropriate skills, portfolios, and honors.

Pepper Construction

5185 Blazer Parkway Suite 101, Dublin, OH 43017

Pepper Construction Group is a general contracting and construction management company that has served the non-residential, private, and government sectors since 1927. Its expertise is recognized throughout the Midwest and has offices in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and Wisconsin. The studio’s project management and field supervisors are committed to serving the varying needs of every client, with a strong emphasis on fostering relationships that endure throughout the generations. 

Pepper ranks as the nation’s 64th and sixth largest contractor in the Midwest. It is a member of the Builders Exchange of Central Ohio and Dublin Chamber of commerce and is led by Paul Francois as president. Pepper Construction Group has appeared in several publications under Paul’s leadership, including The Columbus Dispatch, Medical Construction & Design, Cision PRweb, Columbus Business First, and Businesswire.

Renier Construction

2164 Citygate Drive, Columbus, OH 43219

When Bill Heifner launched Renier Construction in 1980, he was guided by three lessons his father taught him. Today, its core values are the same: honesty, living up to its promises, and admitting and fixing mistakes. This is why the firm has many repeat customers and referrals.

Since 1999, Renier Construction has dedicated itself to the design-build approach for owner-occupied facilities. It believes this is a better value than design-bid-build and has success stories from every client who has experienced the benefits. From headquarters in Columbus, Ohio, Renier has grown with its clients, building facilities wherever they expand in various industries, including automotive, office, industrial, warehouse, transportation, health services, and retail.

With over 42 years in business, Renier has been accredited by the Better Business Bureau and is also a member of the Westerville Area Chamber of Commerce, New Albany Chamber of Commerce, and is a Veteran Owned Business.

Corna Kokosing Construction Company

6245 Westerville Road, Westerville, OH 43081

Corna Kokosing Construction has provided construction services to private and public agencies since 1956. It has established a strong reputation within its markets by executing projects on time and under budget while complying with strict quality control and safety measures. The studio has the people, equipment, construction materials, experience, and bonding capacity to complete projects of any size.

Corna Kokosing Construction Company is a Westerville Area Chamber of Commerce member and is led by Lori Gillett as CEO. Corna Kokosing offers comprehensive design and construction phases services under all contractual methods. Its project experience spans an impressive range of building types, including airports, health care, hospital facilities, hotels, industrial spaces, offices, parking garages, religious, multi-family residential, retail, and universities.

Miles-McClellan Construction Company

2100 Builders Place, Columbus, OH 43204

Established in 1978 by Lonnie L. Miles and Terry McClellan, Miles-McClellan Construction Company is a full-service construction manager, general contractor, and design-build firm servicing Columbus, Ohio, and the Carolinas. Miles-McClellan has over 43 years of background building excellence and transcending client expectations. Its core construction services include general contracting, construction management, design-build, pre-construction, and owner’s representation.

Miles-McClellan Construction Company operates under CEO Matt McClellan. He holds a degree in business administration, management, and operations from Miami University Luxembourg and another in business, finance, and economics from Miami University. Matt also completed a master’s degree in real estate development from the Ohio State University. With his guidance and the experience of the rest of the team, the firm holds affiliations with the Conway Center for Family Business and has LEED-accredited professionals on its team.

Ferguson Construction Co.

3595 Johnny Appleseed Court, Columbus, OH 43231

Ferguson Construction started in 1920 as a general contracting company serving institutional, commercial, and industrial sectors with an office in Sidney, Ohio. As the firm’s project scope expanded, so did its office space. Ferguson now operates regionally in Sidney, Dayton, Columbus, Ohio, and Indianapolis, Indiana, allowing the team to serve its clients more efficiently throughout Ohio and Indiana.

The company believes that a large part of its success is due to its relationships within the healthcare, industrial, commercial, institutional, and educational industries. Clients trust Ferguson’s expertise in the markets it serves, as its executive leadership brings together years of experience in construction, engineering, project management, estimating, and business insight. These skills have helped the company and its clients well. 

Ferguson Construction also has LEED-certified professionals that assist in green building initiatives and is affiliated with the Wapakoneta Area Economic Development Council and Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce.

Smoot Construction

1907 Leonard Avenue, Columbus, OH 43219

With more than seven decades of growth and experience in general contracting, design-build, and construction management, Smoot Construction has created a legacy of excellence and a reputation for hard work and high standards. Now entering the third generation of family leadership, the Smoot Construction team is known for professionalism, quality of work, and honesty, forging employee and client relationships over decades.\

Lewis R. Smoot, Jr. leads the firm as CEO and president. He served as co-president before his current position and was also a former hospital corpsman at the United States Navy. Under his supervision, Smoot Construction currently holds memberships with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and is accredited by the Better Business Bureau. The firm has likewise appeared on the pages of several publications like Yahoo Life, The Columbus Dispatch, and Columbus Business First.

Lincoln Construction

4790 Shuster Rd., Columbus, OH 43214

Lincoln Construction has provided its services to the science, industrial, hospitality, retail, religious, education, multi-family, corporate, and medical sectors for over five decades. The firm’s secret to success is keeping its experts and hiring only those with a ton of experience. Its team is built on experience, with many team members that have been with the company for over 20 years.

With the guidance of president Greg Schmitt, the topic of safety is ingrained in the culture of Lincoln Construction. The company regularly has clients comment on the cleanliness and organization of its job sites. Its safety-first mindset comes naturally to how it does business, and it always strives to put its employees and clients first. This is only accomplished by investing in the right tools, education, and processes that make safety a priority.


4254 Tuller Road, Dublin, OH 43017

Robertson was founded in 1997 with a commitment to high standards, integrity, and a passion for building. It is a full-service commercial construction firm offering construction management, design-build, general construction, and facilities maintenance services. In 25 years, the company has strategically grown into one of the top ten largest commercial construction companies in the region, one of the largest privately held companies in Central Ohio, and has surpassed $1 billion in total billings. 

With headquarters in Heath and Dublin, alongside an accomplished team of over 200 associates, Robertson continues to build lasting relationships with its customers in all segments of commercial construction. It employs over 100 craftspeople to self-perform site work, utilities, concrete, steel erection, fabrication, rough, and finish carpentry. Though the firm believes in the benefit of self-performing work, its strong subcontractor relationships allow Robertson to remain flexible with each project approach to produce superior results for its customers.

Robertson is a member of the USGBC, Building Industry Association of Buckeye Valley, Licking County Chamber of Commerce, Pataskala Area Chamber of Commerce, and is accredited by the Better Business Bureau.

Elford, Inc.

1220 Dublin Road, Columbus, OH 43215

Elford, Inc. is a family and community-oriented firm embracing the core values of trustworthiness, building lasting relationships, building its community, working hard, and continually learning. Elford is led by Jim Smith as president and currently specializes in developing industrial, healthcare, education, mixed-use, religious, multifamily, commercial, multifamily, and retail projects. Since 1910, the firm’s employees have invested more than 15 million hours in building projects that have shaped Central Ohio and the Midwest. 

Strong connections and open communication between management, staff, and field personnel allow Elford to provide clients with the highest level of service. Over 85% of its work is for repeat clients due to its policy of doing what is best for the owner and that satisfied customers lead to long-term business relationships. Elford owes its success to its employees and has developed award and recognition programs to honor them for their hard work and dedication.

Ruscilli Construction Co., LLC

5815 Wall Street, Dublin, OH 43017

Founded in 1945, Ruscilli Construction Co. has grown from a small trade firm to one of the largest full-service construction companies in the Midwestern United States. It is a complete building resource offering unparalleled service. Its in-house offerings include pre-construction, program management, construction management, design-build, design-assist, general contracting, trades contracting, and construction consultation. These services are supported by state-of-the-science estimating, value engineering, scheduling, and information processing technology.

Now in its fourth generation of family ownership, the company continues to flourish under the leadership of Robert A. Ruscilli, Jr. as president and Louis V. Ruscilli as CEO. Under their direction, Ruscilli Construction Company continues to build upon its foundation of repeat clients with unparalleled client satisfaction.


  • Jake Gustafson

    Jake has served as Senior Editor at General Contractors and brings a wealth of experience rooted in his passion for building. Holding a degree in Construction Engineering Management from Oregon State University, he actively engaged in industry-related activities, including membership in the Associated General Contractors of America student chapter and participation in the Associated Schools in Construction student competition. Previously, Jake served as a project engineer for a prominent general contractor in Portland, where he played a pivotal role in various aspects of construction projects, from pre-construction to subcontractor management. His expertise extends to working on innovative projects, such as North America's largest CLT commercial building. Expertise: Commercial Construction, Commercial Remodeling, Home Design and Build Key Highlights: Editor at General Contractors, Project Engineer for Portland-based general contractor, Field Engineer for the largest CLT commercial building in North America Education: Oregon State University, Degree in Construction Engineering Management